Based on Psalm 119:129-134
If the Lord spares me to see the Second Sunday in November, Iâ€™ll begin my 35th year in pastoral ministry. Those 35 years – and more than 1,800 weekly sermons – taught me that God has a sense of humor.
The sermons that I thought were my best work were, to put it kindly, usually less than enthusiastically received. People were polite and encouraging, but essentially unmoved. The sermons that get the best reception and generate positive responses are often done at the end of a long, problem filled and aggravating week, when I donâ€™t feel like writing and ideas donâ€™t flow easily. I finally figured out what was happening – when I did my best, my best was never good enough, but when I was too tired, stressed or troubled to write, God simply said in spirit, â€œItâ€™s alright, Iâ€™ll write it for you.â€
Iâ€™ve learned that what applies to sermon preparation also applies to life. Our pursuit of well being in a demanding world often leads us to rely on our own wisdom, talent, skill and strength to get ahead. Sometimes, however, our best isnâ€™t good enough, and we find ourselves seemingly stalled on the highway of life.
Those times can be confusing and seemingly overwhelming, but if we pause and pray, we can still hear God reassuring us and saying in numerous ways, â€œItâ€™s alright, let me do that for you.â€
I no longer â€œwriteâ€ sermons. I just settle in at my desk and say, â€œAlright Lord, you take over.â€ When we do the same in on lifeâ€™s daily journey, we can navigate rough roads with the hope and expectations of blessings beyond measure. God will no longer be our â€œco-pilot,â€ as a popular bumper sticker says, but the wise and gracious Master of our lives, and when weâ€™ve done the best we can, Heâ€™ll always be there to say, â€œDonâ€™t worry, I got it.â€
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